Eric Geller is a cybersecurity reporter at POLITICO, covering the White House and the Departments of Justice, State and Commerce.
His beat includes cyber policymaking at the Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Council; American cyber diplomacy efforts at the State Department; cybercrime prosecutions at the Justice Department; and digital security research at the Commerce Department. He has also covered global malware outbreaks and states’ efforts to secure their election systems.
Eric began his journalism career in October 2014 at the Daily Dot, where he covered technology policy and served as an editor during the morning shift. He reported on a wide range of technology stories — including the debate over the FCC’s net neutrality rules and the passage of hotly contested bills like the USA Freedom Act and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act — but he increasingly focused on cybersecurity issues. He covered the Obama administration’s IT security policies in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hack, the landmark 2015 U.S.–China agreement on commercial hacking and the high-profile encryption battle between Apple and the FBI after the San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist attack. At the height of the controversy, he interviewed then-FBI Director James Comey about his perspective on encryption.
His first day at POLITICO was June 14, 2016, when news broke of a suspected Russian government hack of the Democratic National Committee. In the months that followed, Eric contributed to POLITICO’s reporting on perhaps the most significant cybersecurity story in American history, a story that continues to evolve and resonate to this day.
Eric grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 2014 with a degree in political science. When he isn’t writing about cybersecurity, he’s either reading the latest Star Wars novel or tweeting bad puns.